Tag Archives: First Amendment

Happenings: Women and Gender Symposium

Texas State symposium speaks out on issues of women and free speech

According to the CIA World Factbook, 49.6 percent of the world’s population are women. However, even with a roughly equal segmentation of the population, women still face inequality in employment, poverty and literacy.

On Friday, March 30, Texas State professors and students will speak out on issues of women and free speech at the “Occupy Free Speech: Getting Women’s Voices Heard” international symposium from 9-1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (3-15.1) of the LBJ Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public, although attendees are encouraged to RSVP to mcgs@txstate.edu or (512) 245-2361. Complimentary lunch will be provided.  Continue reading

Happenings: Poetry Readings

Honors College shines spotlight
on San Marcos, university poets

A drawing illustrating student poetry.

These illustrations by Crockett Elementary School students were created in the "Teaching Poetry to Children" Honors College program.

The Honors College at Texas State University will host a pair of poetry events this week, featuring both poets from local elementary classrooms and established writers from the university community.

For six weeks, Texas State Honors students in professor Diann McCabe’s “Teaching Poetry to Children” class have made weekly visits to Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos to present poetry sessions to 19 first- through fifth-grade classes. The aim of the Tuesday morning sessions is to introduce poetry to children through reading great poetry and encouraging students to write their own poems in response. The results are 19 books of children’s poetry, written by the San Marcos students and compiled by the Honors undergraduates who presented the poetry sessions.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., young poets from these classes will read their favorite poems at the Hispanic Cultural Center in San Marcos, located at 211 Lee Street. Continue reading

Happenings: Better This World

Common Experience film looks at
counterterrorism, civil liberties

flim promotional posterHow did two boyhood friends from Midland wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? This question sparked filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega to create “Better This World,” an award-winning documentary that explores the competing interests of civil liberties and the U.S. War on Terror.

The film will be shown on campus at Texas State University at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Alkek Teaching Theatre. The screening is part of the Common Experience, a yearlong series of events, performances and discussions held on campus and in the San Marcos community that explore the theme “Freedoms: The First Amendment.” Continue reading

Around Campus: Philosophy Dialogue Series

Philosophy Dialogue Series focuses
on civil liberties, political action

The First Amendment was ratified in 1789 as part of the Bill of Rights.

Texas State graduate Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, once said, “Our material progress is only the foundation on which we will build a richer life of mind and spirit.” With that richer life in mind, Texas State’s Philosophy Dialogue Series offers an open forum for members of the university community to discuss ideas and share perspectives.

This semester’s series, which opened last week, embraces the Common Experience theme of “Freedoms: The First Amendment.” The First Amendment protects the basic rights of religion, expression, press, assembly and petition. Discussions and speakers will explore topics ranging from freedom of speech to the Arab Spring. See the schedule below or find updates here. Continue reading